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Trains: 1, 2, 3
Sushi Nakazawa, off the Christopher Street 1 stop
Pete Wells just bestowed four stars on the West Village omakase spot, which seems perfect for an extra-special date night. The 20-course tasting menu will set you back a cool $120, but the uni alone is worth it.
Sushi Nakazawa, 23 Commerce St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-924-2212 or sushinakazawa.com
Trains: 1, 2, 3
Mountain Bird, off the 145th Street 3 stop
On the other end of the island lies one of the most buzzed-about comfort joints. Think: Southern soul food with a hint of French flair. (We’ll have the shrimp-bisque mac and cheese to start, thanks.)
Mountain Bird, 231 W. 145th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-281-5752 or mountainbirdnyc.com
Photo: Serious Eats
Trains: A, C, E
Emily, off the Clinton-Washington Street C stop
Now that Roberta’s has long since jumped the shark, Clinton Hill is the home of the new best-kept pizza secret in all of NYC. But really, it’s the oozing s’mores calzones that will make you a regular.
Emily, 919 Fulton St. (at Waverly Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-844-9588 or pizzalovesemily.com
Trains: N, Q, R
Rôtisserie Georgette, off the Fifth Avenue N Q R stop
If it’s good old-fashioned chicken you’re hankering for, trust the team behind Georgette Farkas--former (and longtime) PR director for Daniel Boulud. For her first stand-alone venture, Farkas went simple, traditional and totally mouthwatering.
Rôtisserie Georgette, 14 E. 60th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-390-8060 or rotisserieg.com
Trains: N, Q, R
All’onda, off the Union Square N Q R stop
But sometimes you need a swanky bowl of spaghetti to entertain clients (or, oof, in-laws). The beauty of this new “modern Venetian” restaurant is that it’s crazy convenient to several subway stops (God bless Union Square).
All’onda, 22 E. 13th St. (at University Pl.); 212-231-2236 or allondanyc.com
Little Lamb, off the Flushing - Main Street 7 stop
For your next Flushing outing, hit up the latest Mongolian hot-pot place (in the SkyView Center). Robert Sietsema says the quality of meat is next-level, but there are endless amounts of veggies if that’s more your thing.
Little Lamb, 40-24 College Point Blvd. (at Roosevelt Ave.), Flushing; 718-359-1668 or littlelambusa.com
Photo: NY Daily News
Lucky Luna, off the Nassau Avenue G stop
A Kickstarter success story, this low-key Greenpoint spot serves both Mexican and Taiwanese street food (from chilaquiles to steamed pork buns) with a handful of dishes that blend the two (mmm...shiitake moo shu tacos).
Lucky Luna, 167 Nassau Ave. (at Diamond St.); 718-383-6038 or luckyluna-ny.com
Pop quiz, hotshot: What’s your subway-transfer limit? You live on the Upper East. Your friend wants to meet in Meatpacking. What do you do? What do you do?
If it were up to us, we’d travel to the ends of the island--so long as we could stay on the same subway line. (You know: Hop on, grab a seat and settle in with a good Atlantic article.) Convenience is king.
That’s why we’ve mapped out the city’s newest, buzziest restaurants based on which train you take. Click through, find your line and get ready to brag about your unreal vegan Ethiopian dinner in Bushwick.
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